The Italian Country Table

This latest cookbook written by Maxine Clark is called The Italian Country Table – Simple Recipes for Trattoria Classics. I already have a couple of cookbooks written by Maxine Clark and have found each one to be very useful, which is why I decided to add this book to my cookbook collection. The recipes in this cookbook are simple enough for even the very novice cook, and are the type of recipe I tend to prefer in my own kitchen from day to day when I do not have time for anything too involved. I have learned over recent years, to truly appreciate simple, country style Italian recipes which is exactly what this book is about. From this book, I’ve made the Risotto with Butternut Squash, Sage & Chili, the Venetian Fresh Pea & Rice Soup With Mint, as well as the Spinach With Eggs & Cream. All three recipes were very simple to prepare and turned out great. This book is all about simplicity, so you won’t find any very involved recipes, but for good basic Italian dishes, I feel it is a good book. Although I would have personally liked to have had more recipes included in this book, the ones that are included are accompanied by gorgeous photos that inspire you to try the recipes.

Review From – Traditional trattoria fare is the essence of Italian food – honest, fresh and satisfying. These authentic recipes have been collected from all over Italy and adapted for the home cook. Simple Starters to try include Fresh Tuna Carpaccio and Three Marinated Antipasti. Warming Soups are always welcome – here you’ll find Tuscan Bean Soup and Cream of Chickpea Soup with Wild Mushrooms. Mouthwatering Pasta dishes are enduringly popular. Try Spaghetti with Aubergine and Tomato Sauce or Lasagne al Forno. The ultimate in Italian comfort food, Risottos to indulge in include Red Wine, Mushroom and Pancetta Risotto. Making your own Pizza & Bread is surprisingly easy and hugely satisfying – enjoy a classic Pizza al Margherita or a freshly baked Rosemary Focaccia. Rich and hearty Meat & Poultry dishes to try include Pork Loin Roasted with Rosemary and Garlic; Beefsteak with Arugula; and Devilled Grilled Chicken. Traditional dishes for Fish & Seafood include Seabass Baked in Parchment and Grilled Tuna Steaks with Peperonata. Choose the perfect accompaniment to your meal from Salads & Sides. Recipes include Orange, Endive and Black Olive Salad and Pumpkin Roasted with Sage and Onion. Finish with something from Sweet Things such as Caramelized Fig Tart.

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Italian Country Table

Deborah Mele
November 2011

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